Carnegie’s Douglas Paal appeared on Australia Network News to speak about the recent meeting between Chinese and Taiwanese officials, the first meeting of its sort in 65 years. Paal explained that the meetings represent an important symbolic milestone in improving cross-strait relations but do not represent a break from the past. He noted that both sides have an interest in arranging a meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Yingjeou to further cement the improvements in relations. However, he added that a meeting at the coming APEC summit is unlikely because China would see that as giving Taiwan too much international standing. Unfortunately, there seem to be few other opportunities available in the near future.

This interview was originally broadcast by Australia Network News.